Octomore 7.2 | 58.5% | Islay
, Scotland founded: 1881 | active
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Meet #71 | 06/02/16 | Hosted by Iain
A shop was descended on with a buzzer-only entry (not for the first time in the host's life) to purchase a couple of behind-the-counter drams. Our first Octomore and a relatively unsung Linkwood in a popular G&M series. (Then a bonus Octomore a few days later..)
Immediately gravy-ish, rock pools, seaside for sure, rotting kelp. Tarpaulins, a pollock's nostrils, a damp cigar, bonfire toffee. The fear of popping candy, a post-fishing bag, rotten-y fishy flesh-leather, earl grey tea or lapsang souchong. Some sort of fruit shit - melon? Or melanoma? Mel b? Olbas oil.
Chewy (from Star Wars, yeah?), tastes like powder, no low notes, attack jazz! Engine oil, no 'mouthfeel', 'besmoke', ash from a hardwood fire. Chutney, no meaty centre to it, only high notes - all aspects of a marshmallow.
| A wee sample of a massive whisky - just enough for 7. (3 photos)
Disabling, LONGEST FINISH I'VE EVER TASTED, really sweet. Like if you've eaten something really hot then you've feared for your life for a while then you realise everything's going to be ok.
One of the driest liquids I've ever put in my mouth, pretty unmixed - chromatogram. One of the weirdest whiskies I've ever tasted - other worldly. Cling film has melted all around my mouth. Not as brutal as expected - not an all out assault. He liked it but didn't like the way it made him feel.
86 / 100